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Vatican Walking Tour: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peters – Skip the Line!

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Key Highlights

  • Experience the enchanting world of the Vatican and the Pope
  • Bid farewell to the legendary queues of this iconic destination with our Skip-The-Line access
  • Witness the masterpieces of Michelangelo - The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam
  • Feast your eyes on the spectacular frescoes of Sistine Chapel and La Pietà of St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Regale in the riveting history and world of turbulent politics enveloping the Vatican
  • Visit the fascinating Pio-Clementino Museum, the magical Gallery of the Candelabra and the renowned Gallery of Maps
  • Enjoy a visual feast at the Gallery of Tapestries with the exquisite Flemish tapestries
  • Overview

    Treat your senses to the timeless presence of the Vatican with this unforgettable walking tour that presents you with a comprehensive and incredibly enriching experience of this iconic destination. Making this tour the perfect one is a convenient Skip-The-Line access that allows you to avoid the huge crowds and notoriously long queues. This special tickets also lets you make an advance booking with the option to pay on arrival.

    The seat of the Pope and an impeccable treasure trove of immortal art works, the Vatican is known to leave every first time visitor slightly overwhelmed. Marvel at the ancient statues that inspired Renaissance artists, walls covered with fresco-ed maps and a remarkable collection of vibrant Flemish tapestries made in Brussels from drawings by Raphael’s pupils at the Gallery of Tapestries. Trailing an array of famed spots as well quite a few offbeat ones, our expert guide will regale you in an enchanting journey through the riveting world of Vatican history, architecture, and politics, dotted with a cinematic-level darkness of human behaviour and actions rarely found anywhere else.

    This tour will present you with some of the most iconic artworks of all times, including the legendary Sistine Chapel and the La Pietà of St. Peter’s Basilica - both done by the inimitable Michelangelo, along with his other renowned works like The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam. While the former is the seat of papal administration, St. Peter’s Basilica is surrounded by rumours of it being St. Peter’s burial site.

    Witness a visual feast with this tour that takes you through some of the most integral places in the Vatican, including:

    • The Pio-Clementino Museum which is full of ancient sculptures including the renowned Apollo Belvedere and the celebrated Laocoön.
    • The Gallery of the Candelabra, which contains classical Roman sculpture from the 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD along with glorious painted ceilings.
    • The Gallery of Maps, where 40 maps representing papal properties in the 16th century are frescoed on to the walls.

    From the magnetic heritage of Catholic traditions to the tempestuousness of global politics to a bank of eye-popping artworks, this tour of the Vatican will not just leave you mesmerised but also make you want to come back for it over and over again!

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    07 Jan 19 - 15 Mar 19:
    English Tour: 10:00am & 2:30pm; Daily except Sunday
    German Tour: 12:30pm; Daily except Sunday
    French Tour: 10:00am; Daily except Wednesday & Sunday & 2:30pm; Wednesday Only
    Spanish Tour: 09:30am; Daily except Wednesday & Sunday & 2:30pm; Wednesday Only

    16 Mar 19 - 02 Nov 19:
    English Tour: 08:30am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm; Daily except Sunday
    German Tour: 09:00, 12:30pm & 2:00pm; Daily except Wednesday & Sunday
    French Tour: 10:00am & 2:00pm; Daily except Sunday
    Spanish Tour: 09:30am & 2:30pm; Daily except Sunday

    03 Nov 19 - 20 Dec 19:
    English Tour: 08:30am, 10:00am & 2:30pm; Daily except Sunday
    German Tour: 12:30pm; Daily except Sunday
    French Tour: 10:00am; Daily except Wednesday & Sunday & 2:00pm; Wednesday Only
    Spanish Tour: 09:30am; Daily except Wednesday & Sunday & 2:30pm; Wednesday Only

    21 Dec 19 - 07 Jan 20:
    English Tour: 08:30am, 10:00am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm; Daily except Sunday
    German Tour: 12:30pm & 2:00pm; Daily except Sunday
    French Tour: 10:00am & 2:00pm; Daily except Sunday
    Spanish Tour: 09:30am & 2:30pm; Daily except Sunday

    Duration

    3 hours

    Start time

    07 Jan 19 - 15 Mar 19:
    English Tour:
    10:00am & 2:30pm
    German Tour: 12:30pm
    French Tour: 10:00am & 2:30pm
    Spanish Tour: 09:30am & 2:30pm

    16 Mar 19 - 02 Nov 19:
    English Tour: 08:30am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm
    German Tour: 09:00, 12:30pm & 2:00pm
    French Tour: 10:00am & 2:00pm
    Spanish Tour: 09:30am & 2:30pm

    03 Nov 19 - 20 Dec 19:
    English Tour: 08:30am, 10:00am & 2:30pm
    German Tour: 12:30pm
    French Tour: 10:00am & 2:00pm
    Spanish Tour: 09:30am & 2:30pm

    21 Dec 19 - 07 Jan 20:
    English Tour: 08:30am, 10:00am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm
    German Tour: 12:30pm & 2:00pm
    French Tour: 10:00am & 2:00pm
    Spanish Tour: 09:30am & 2:30pm

    Meeting Point

    For All Language Tour: Make your way via Vespasiano 46B, 00192, Rome.

    Starting from 01st of April 2019, the meeting point for English – Language Vatican tours will be at Via Germanico 8, 00192 Rome.

    So there's no last minute rush please arrive at the start point 25 minutes early.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the St. Peter's Square

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • English, German, Spanish or French speaking guide (as per the option chosen)
    • Guaranteed entry to the Vatican at a specific time (as per option chosen)

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Admission fee for Vatican museums
  • Please note

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

    The tour price does not include the admission fee for Vatican museums. The admission fee approx. €24 for adult from 01 Jan 18, €16 for students under 26 with a valid ISIC card and for people under 18 years old, Free for children under 6 years old. This entrance fee must be paid in CASH at the start of the tour. This fee includes skip the line entrance to the the Vatican.

    There should be minimum 5 passengers for guaranteed departure. Should this number not be met for your chosen date, you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund.

    Please remember that entrance into the Vatican requires a strict dress code. Shoulders and knees need to be covered and no low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts on either men or women are allowed. Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted entry to the Vatican. isango! or its local partner, unfortunately, will not be able to help in such a scenario.

    Unfortunately, this tour is not suitable for those with mobility concerns.

    For tours departing on Wednesday morning, there is the possibility that you will be unable to enter St. Peter's Basilica. This is due to the weekly Papal Audience on Wednesday mornings during which access to the basilica might be closed.

    Please remember that backpacks, umbrellas or metal objects are not allowed inside the Vatican Museums. You can carry a small handbag and a camera at the most.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
  • Customer Reviews
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      August Hafner, Austria, 06/Jun/2018
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      August Hafner, Austria, 06/Jun/2018
    • Fun and informative

      Laura was amazing. So happy that we decided to take a tour rather than walk it ourselves....

      Tal Ben-Tsevi, United States, 24/Jan/2018
    • War alles gut. Nur Preis ist zu hoch.

      Evgeny Arseev, Switzerland, 08/Aug/2016
    • the tour guide was really good and very passionate. Great tour.

      Neschika O'Brien, Australia, 13/Jul/2015